Poole Maritime Festival 2017 May 15 – May 21

Poole Maritime Festival

Poole Maritime Festival 

Poole Maritime Festival offers an exciting week of events that includes the prestigious European Maritime Day. With activity aimed at local businesses plus a spectacular line up of family focused maritime events and entertainment – it’s a week not to be missed!

Business Programme

15 – 17 May 2017 various locations around Poole   

The Business Programme opens Poole Maritime Festival (PMF) on Monday, 15 May, running through to Wednesday, 17 May 2017. 

We’ve created a special programme of activity to maximise benefits to the business community. Regional organisations will be able to share in various seminars, workshops, discussions, networking and business building options with a view to accessing information on : funding, import and export opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity for people to take away an image of a coastal town and port that has a thriving, innovative and high tech business offer along with attractive investment streams.

Programme: https://www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/business-programme/

European Maritime Day

18 – 19 May 2017 Lighthouse, Poole

European Maritime Day 2017

Held for the first time in 2008, European Maritime Day (EMD) is a prestigious international two-day conference and exhibition hosted by a different country each year. Former host cities include Brussels, Rome, Gothenburg, Athens and Bremen. 

The conference is the heart of the project, bringing together around 1,000 industry leaders and policy makers including ministers, EU Commissioners, MPs and MEPs, academics, scientists and maritime experts. The conference themes address the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy promoting economic growth, skills, technological innovation, environmental concerns and sustainability across Europe. This year, the conference title will be ‘Future of our Seas’. Topics to be debated include innovation and growth, people and skills, safety and security, and sustainability and governance.

The aims of the conference are to advance contracts and relationships between maritime stakeholders, promote and support development of integrated approaches to maritime issues, raise awareness of the potential opportunities across Europe’s maritime and marine assets, encourage the sharing of innovative ‘Blue Economy’ ideas and practices, and raise the profile of maritime sectors.

Programme: https://www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/european-maritime-day/

Public Festival


17 – 21 May 2017 various locations around Poole

The Public Festival is a unique opportunity to present Poole and a wider Dorset to an international audience. An exciting line up of family entertainment and activities that embraces a maritime theme will bring Poole alive in May (Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 May 2017).

Programme: https://www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/public-festival/